Lighter And Softer / Fanfiction

Fanfiction in General
  • Most fluff fics are this to the original work they were based on, especially if it was considerably dark in tone.

The Black Cauldron


Death Note

The Human Centipede

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • The first Ponies The Anthology featured a content warning and even a separate clean version, while the second one was specifically designed to stay within a PG-13 level. Word of God from one of the Anthology's contributors is that this actually made them think more about what was funny versus Vulgar Humor.


Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • A Crown of Stars: It is lighter and softer than canon and the preceeding fic. Shinji and Asuka are at last given the help, council and healing time they desperately needed, and a chance to recover their families and make their world right.
  • Advice and Trust: To the canon history. The story changes a specific event, and as a result Shinji and Asuka lean on each other as they endure trauma after trauma rather than isolating from each other, breaking down and imploding.
  • The Child of Love: Although this story got pretty dark sometimes, it is definitely and unapologetically waffier than the original series. Shinji and Asuka have a daughter, which pushes them to try to figure out their relationship, Gendo gets arrested, and Third Impact never happens.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Than canon, so far. The three Children have been sent back in time. And they have decided things will go THEIR way this time... and they will have a three-ways relationship because screw you, Unresolved Sexual Tension-fueled angst and Cannot Spit It Out-induced heartache.
  • Evangelion 303: To canon. In this Alternate Universe the main characters are still full of issues, but since they are older, they are somewhat more mature and better at dealing with them.
  • HERZ: The story can get pretty dark, but it is happier than canon. Third Impact was averted in 2015, and Asuka and Misato survived that battle. Twelve years later Shinji and Asuka are married, have a daughter, and the two of them together with Rei work under Misato's orders to fight SEELE's attempts to cause Instrumentality.
  • Higher Learning: To canon. A new teacher starts teaching the Children. Their lessons help the three traumatized pilots to consider new possibilities and open up, leading to a better ending.
  • Once More with Feeling: When he returned to the past, Shinji was determined to set his world right. His -both covert and overt- influence has had good effects so far: Touji's sister did not get crippled when he fought Sachiel, Rei is learning to make friends, Asuka trusts and respects her teammates more than in canon... Nonetheless everything can go to Hell again if he is not careful, and Shinji is well aware of it.
  • The One I Love Is: A bit lighter than canon thanks to the Love Triangle between the three pilots which led to them finding some happiness and Third Impact being averted.
  • Although The Second Try has plenty dark and tear-jerking moments, it's happier than canon. Shinji and Asuka learn to deal with their psychological issues, become parents, and the world is saved.

Slightly Damned
  • In the AU Slightly Altered despite having some truly horrific moments, is still a LOT lighter in tone than the original series. As of Chapter 8, nobody apart from Buwaro's biological parents has died, not even Sakido. Rhea is oddly absent, though, so she may be dead.

Sonic the Hedgehog
  • The rewrite of Sonic X: Dark Chaos is simultaneously both this and Darker and Edgier than the original. While there is more violence and horrific content as a whole, the darkness is balanced with much more likable characters, a stronger message of hope and redemption in the face of terror, and the power of friendship. And Black Comedy.

Tomb Raider